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Tuesday’s Letters to the Editor

Refugees, not migrants

EDITOR: The suffering children massing at our borders are refugees. They have suffered (or feared) persecution, and they are fleeing war. According to Wikipedia, war is “generally characterized by extreme violence, social disruption and economic destruction.”

The refugees coming across our southern border are not immigrants. An immigrant is one who chooses to migrate. Central American refugees are fleeing violence, social and economic destruction. Here in the homeland, citizens are propagandized to see suffering children as threats to our wealth.

What an awful, frightened people we’ve become. When poor countries throughout the Middle East have given refuge to millions fleeing from wars we’ve instigated, in this rich land we can’t even give hungry children a place to rest.



Comb’s budget logic

EDITOR: Wow, what good fortune Santa Rosans have to have such a sensible, down-to-earth councilwoman: Julie Combs. Her Close to Home column in the July 5 paper (“An unbalanced city budget serves no one”) is just so deeply basically logical, it’s embarrassing that there are City Council members who disagree. Bottom line: She says no to allocating our city’s money that we haven’t got and have no plans to get. Duh.


Santa Rosa

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